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By Sen. Mike Padden
R-Spokane Valley, 4th Legislative District 

Reopen businesses under Bill 5114


January 21, 2021

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of a Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” To which Ben Franklin supposedly answered: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

This legislative session, which started Jan. 11, will require you as a resident to work harder than ever to keep our representative democracy…well…representative.

Access to democracy is a major topic at the start of this year’s gathering of lawmakers.

Earlier this month, the majority party form...

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